Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bomb threat to delay PHS - Berkshire Eagle Online

My 16 y/o attends this high school and will not be going to school today. Personally, I think it's probably just a kid who wanted to get out of school for the day. But, what if it isn't? I'm taking no chances and will keep my child safely home from school today. Hopefully, all will go well and no one will get hurt.

PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield High School will open two hours late this morning after the discovery of a bomb threat that was scrawled on a mural at the East Street building.
The School Department said late Monday afternoon that the threat was written on a school mural in gray chalk and included the word "bomb," followed by the date "12/2/08."
Superintendent of Schools Howard J. Eberwein III said his administration consulted with police and fire officials and decided to delay opening PHS until 9:20 a.m. today to allow authorities time to conduct a thorough search of the building before the start of classes.
All bus pickups for PHS students are being moved back two hours. School will be dismissed at the normal time, 2:20 p.m.
Eberwein said he thought the school's response is "appropriate" to the threat, balancing the dictates of public safety with the desire to discourage hoaxes."We are not canceling school, but we are also ensuring the safety of students by doing a comprehensive search in the morning," Eberwein said. "School will go on, but this just gives us more time to make sure everyone is safe and the building is secure."
In Great Barrington in October and early November, a series of bomb threats closed Monument Mountain Regional High School for three days. A 17-year-old student has been charged with making one of the threats.
In June 2004 in Pittsfield, someone detonated a pipe bomb near a rear entrance to Taconic High School. No on was injured; the identity of the bomber remains a mystery.

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